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CATH NEWS REPORT: The St Vincent de Paul Society and the Hilton Sydney have entered into a three-year partnership worth more than $100,000 which will provide support for Vinnies homeless services, reports the Catholic Weekly.
To mark the launch of the partnership, 12 of Hilton's international vice-presidents stocked up the Sydney Night Patrol van with nutritious meals prepared by Hilton executive chef Gary Johnson which were handed out to the homeless community on June 30.The Hilton's commitment will provide food and volunteering for Sydney's Night Patrol, a monthly supply of meat to the Matthew Talbot Hostel in the city's Woolloomooloo, and event support for the Hotels Have Hearts gala dinner that has raised more than $2.1 million to support Vinnies homeless services.
Since taking part in last year's Vinnies CEO Sleepout, Ashley Spencer, Hilton's vice-president of operations, Australasia, has been committed to doing more to help the homeless.
"With 105,000 homeless people in Australia, it is the role of business, charities and government to work together to try to ensure that more people do not fall through to the abyss of homelessness."
Julie McDonald, Vinnies manager of community and corporate relations, said it was encouraging to see how the CEO Sleepout has "inspired the team at Hilton to do that little bit more to address homelessness".
"We hope that Hilton's initiative will encourage many more businesses to think outside the box in addressing this insidious issue."